Don’t expect the ethnically clichéd blue-and-white color scheme and cut-rate statuary of Aphrodite and Zeus at the new Greek restaurant, Petra. Instead, the cozy, (almost) 30-seat eatery, which opened in November, has blond wood flooring plus high ceilings accented by wrought-iron chandeliers and dark wood beams.
Above photo by Leslie-Anne Brill
The menu is classic Greek fare with cold and hot apps, or mezedes, including kafteri (spicy feta and roasted red pepper dip) and ktapodi (char-grilled octopus); traditional specials like baked stuffed tomatoes and veal in a tomato sauce with orzo; yeero (that’s gyro to you non-Greeks) falafel platters; and a host of charcoal grilled mains such as baby lamb chops, skirt steak, swordfish, and numerous shrimp dishes. And many of the main dishes are less than $15.
Don’t forget the sweet stuff: Desserts, including baklava and Petra loukoumades, or fried dough with apples, are house-made.
There is a small grocery case in back with fresh herbs, olive paste, preserves, and other items. Petra also offers curbside pickup, a convenient service since it’s tough to find on-street parking.
66 Garth Rd
(914) 874-5674; petragreekfood.com